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man says his son was bullied by his own teammates on the football field here and he claims the school did little about it. he says it was so bad his son even left the school. there's no question, football is a contact sport. >> and the irony is that the worst injury that he got was during picture day. >> reporter: but it wasn't on the playing field where walter yuri says his teenage son joseph allegedly got knocked around. >> he was what they call tabletoped. >> reporter: walter filed a complaint against the school district after he says his son, a sophomore at las lomas was bullied while taking a team photo. the player was here taking his photo when he was allegedly tabletoped, pushed over so he'd fall over the person crouching beneath him. his father says it injured him so badly that it sidelined him for football and basketball. >> i believe three months of physical therapy, over $3,000 in
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physical therapy. >> reporter: the walnut creek man says he contacted school officials several times but they all brushed off his concerns and claims his son was bullied even more after the incident. >> so he was ostracized, kids didn't talk to him before didn't talk to him. >> reporter: the bullying he says forced his son to transfer schools. yuri still wants closure and asked the district for $10,000 in medical and travel reimbursements. >> it's very frustrating because it's in black and white. this is bullying and their definition of bullying is -- there's a disconnect. they say my son was shoved and pushed, the state department of education says bullying is pushing and shoving. >> reporter: the district rejected yuri's claim on march 23rd. we did contact the superintendant's office but they said they would not comment because this is an ongoing matter. a bill requiring sex offenders to disclose their
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internet service provider and their online names failed to make it out of an assembly committee today. the law would have allowed social network sites to restrict or remove them from their service. supporters claimed it would bring megan's law and jessica's law into the 21st century. opponents who voted against the bill say while they like the idea, they fear the law could block sex offenders from searching for or applying for jobs online, something which could help in their rehabilitation. oakland police are still on the hunt for a gunman who shot six people, killing two. at the same time the manner judge of an oakland lounge tells us the gunfire was really part of a robbery attempt. that holdup happened outside the club and the victims ran inside the restaurant, hoping to find some safety. a father of a 2-year-old was killed by the man who police say was wielding an assault rifle.
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also an aide who worked as an oakland elementary school was killed. four others were wounded. police say the four young men drove off in a white dodge aveng avenger. the husband of a tourist killed in san francisco will meet with the district attorney tomorrow. he held her as she took her last breath august 8th. the couple were on vacation when she was hit by a stray bullet during a gun battle between groups of teenagers. he is now in town with his two sons to see where the investigation stands. the suspects arrested after the shooting were released due to insufficient evidence. if you can't be green, an assembly man wants to be green in death. jeff miller's bill to allow so-called liquid cremation in california did make it through committee today. a few states have legalized the procedure known as alka line high drol cyst but the only funeral home which uses it is in ohio. here's how it works in theory. a body is submerged in water in
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a metal cylinder and is then dissolved with lye. proponents say it cuts greenhouse gases over 90%. opponents say it isnthe water u not safe enough to flush down the drain. shane bauer and josh bat tall have been jailed, arrested along with sarah shourd. she was ordered back to stand trial but has refused. her absence is why the judge has delayed issuing a verdict. the two men return to court may 11th. as you may know, driving in oakland is a jolting experience, not to mention mentally. can make you feel mentally unstable. decades old streets are now rough and bumpy. today the city started a pothole repair blitz to try to smooth some of those out. jodi herns is live in oakland where some say the blitz really isn't a fix at all, jodi.
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>> reporter: that's right. there are literally thousands of potholes all over the city of oakland. take a look at these ones on jackson street. cars driving through this stretch of street simply cannot avoid a rocky ride. while crews are focusing on patching up these potholes, some say it's nothing more than putting a band aid over the bumps. >> there's another one right here, like there's a few right here. >> reporter: susan can't escape them. >> potholes everywhere. it's like you can't catch a break. >> reporter: her east oakland home is surrounded by potholes. >> i always have to try to dodge them and if i don't donl them i think i'm going to get a flat tire, and it's just terrible. >> reporter: but help may be on the way. oakland public works has kicked off a four-week blitz to patch hundreds of potholes all across town. >> we shouldn't have that many potholes throughout our city. buff unfortunately our streets are in that type of condition where they continue. >> reporter: but city workers
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admit the patchwork is just a temporary fix. the roads really need to be repaired at the base, but the city doesn't have the money it needs to do the job right. >> to really fix the problem it would take about $435 million. >> reporter: that means drivers will have to continue to deal with streets like this one. >> it's like rattling your teeth, pretty much. it's crazy. i mean, they should be fixing these a long time ago. this -- the roads shouldn't have came down to this. >> it's just very unpredictable, because you never know when there's going to be a new pothole. like this one here as we're running across here, it's bumpy and it wasn't there like a few weeks ago, but now it's there. >> reporter: she hopes a fix, even a temporary one, comes to her neighborhood. she just had to shell out a couple hundred bucks from a pothole-caused flat tire. >> hopefully they do it over here because this is the worst area. the east oakland area is the worst. >> reporter: now, people all over the city of oakland are saying exactly the same thing. you can see things are very ugly
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here in downtown oakland along jackson street. again, the city began a four-week blitz today. they say if you know of a problem area, you should call the public works department. they're going to prioritize those calls, tackling the most serious problems first. reporting live in oakland, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, jodi. some state parks could soon be operated by cities and counties according to two bills working their way through the legislate tour in sacramento. the change would pertain to state parks slalted to be closed. allowing them instead to be run by local governments, which means nearby merchants who depend on the parks for tourist dollars can stay open as well. the budget cuts eliminates $11 million from the state parks rec department. a list is expected to be out soon. earth day may have been last week, but as it turns out earth day is every day. at drew school in san francisco, today the staff students and community are celebrating the opening of a one of a kind
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performing arts center. the new roots project features retractible theater seating, new classrooms and a three-story vertical garden. school officials safe the project has been in the works for quite some time. >> this building has been a five-year process. we're very excited about it, because for our school it's going to be a living and learning laboratory. >> the living roof plays host to insect and plant life. drew has been open since 1908 and has been called one of san francisco's top ten civic projects. still ahead at 5:00, new hope for bay area homeowners hoping to opt out of those pg&e smart meters. >> plus, coming to a notifications box near you, facebook unveils a new plan to help you save money. and are you ready for those wedding bells? we'll take you live to london where people are guarding their spot for the royal wedding procession. and good afternoon, i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. a magnificent day outside. sunny skies across the entire
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after nuclear reactor protesters are using the anniversary of the chernobyl disaster to push their agenda. >> for weeks and actually months the plume of radioactive smoke covered all of europe and eventually made its way around the world. >> demonstrators gathered today at san francisco's federal building at 7th and mission. they say if another nuclear crisis does occur on our shores, taxpayers would be stuck paying for cleanup because insurance
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companies won't insure power plants. some of the worst nuclear disasters include the chernobyl disaster in the ukraine, fukushima which just happened a month ago and, of course, three mile island in pennsylvania. a southwest airlines flight from chicago to denver had no problem landing today, it did have a problem stopping, however. the boeing 737 skidded off the runway because of heavy rain. there were 130 passengers on board. no one was hurt when the plane slid into the mud beyond the runway. the plane circled three times before landing because weather conditions were just so bad. pg&e customers who oppose the use of smart meters at their homes can put their name on a delay list now. a spokesperson for the utility says the temporary list will delay the installation of wireless smart meters that thousands of people oppose due to health concerns. when the smart meters are installed pg&e will offer an opt out option for a fee plus monthly charges as high as $20 a
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month. to add your name to the list, call pg&e. coupon wars are heating up, facebook deals launched today, similar to groupon and living social. san francisco is one of five test cities for facebook deals. the service will center around activities best done with friends like concerts and dining out. some of facebook's friends in this venture include open table and pop sugar city. "the new york times" quotes a facebook executive that says people will be able to use credits to buy coupons which can be redeemed with vendors. ask people who's got the best smart phone operating system? here's ammo for the next argument. a survey of mobile consumers shows 31% plan to buy google android device. that number is up 5% from just six months ago. apple's operating system on the iphone is down 3%, with 30%
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planning to make a purchase. a whopping 20% are just unsure of what operating system they want on their next smart phone. many college sports departments are skewing the number of students playing sports to comply with title ix according to "the new york times" it put out a report saying they're putting unqualified players even in some cases men on the roster of female teams so it appears the teams have enough women on them. title ix was passed to open sport opportunities for women. schools are obligated to comply showing the ratio of female to male athletes is equal to the population of the school. >> three days to go. >> that's it. >> people are already camping out along the procession route for the royal wedding in london. last-minute preparations are in high gear. >> kristen dahlgren has a front row seat and joins us from trafalgar square with the latest. >> reporter: hey, jessica and garvin. exciting night here in london, we're told william and kate are
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now in town doing their last minute preparations. meantime, the flowers, including some 20-foot-tall trees being moved into westminster abbey overnight. those are going to be part of the decoration. and the die hard fans staking out the best spots so they can try to get a glimpse of the couple friday. that means they're going to be camping out there for the next three days. they'll be joined by thousands over the next few days. the book makers are even getting in on the action, so you can say the wedding fever is really reaching frenzy now. >> diana would be very proud of her son, prince william and katherine's marriage and prince harry as best man. >> we're taking bets on prince phillip to fall asleep during the service and also taking bets on whether william will wear suspect spectacles and also whether kate will jilt william on the alter. >> you don't have to go far to
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see everything kate and will. you can get your mask here, things like official tea towels and probably not officially sanctioned by the palace shot glasses, so a little bit of everything. it all does add up, though, to a huge boost to the british economy. they're expecting some 600,000 tourists here over the next few days, just for the wedding. so really going to be huge approximate back to you. >> i expect you to come back with some of those pez dispensers for all of us back here. i know it's been wonderful, really sunny, but now rain is expected. is there a backup plan for what will happen to all of those thousands of people out there? >> reporter: well, not for the thousands of people, they do have a backup plan for kate and william if they do have rain on their processional route, they're going to be in a glass-topped carriage so everybody will still get to see them. as for the people going to be lining the route, they're just going to have to brave it and get wet. if they're wanting to catch a
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glimpse. jessica, here's another one real quick for you. the will and it should have been you chocolate bar for all those women who are upset they missed a chance with their prince. >> bring it back to me. because i'm still mourning that loss. all right, thank you, kristen. have a great time. we'll look forward to seeing you and get yourself one of those freaky hats. it will be fun. our local weather looking a lot better than what they're accide expecting in london. jeff tells us it's looking pretty good. >> the next couple days it is looking pretty good. it's kind of like we flip-flopped as we head towards the end of the week. the weather they've been experiencing in london, we're going to be dealing with back here at home and it really is quite enjoyable. 63 in oakland, and we currently have haze out here, but nothing in the way of fog building, even with that wind west at 17 miles per hour, we're also currently dealing with dry conditions for the bay area. still holding on to some warmth right now.
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also for the south bay, 67 livermore, 66 san jose and currently 69 gilroy. certainly we cool off during the coastal regions, 58 san francisco and 63 san mateo. tonight a few clouds, windy for the hilltops, and it's going to stay breezy as we head throughout wednesday. winds ten to 20 miles per hour but here's thee most important thing. the sun is coming back and ahead, some of the best weekend weather we have had in weeks at this point. you can thank high pressure as this continues to build up from the south slowly and surely. it will keep that sunshine in the forecast, and the breezy conditions here for wednesday. and then here's something to note, though. for thursday, the fog is going to build for our coastal regions, so they're not going to see as much sunshine as we head towards the end of the week, if you do live at the coast. otherwise for tonight, we are mainly clear. we'll see cloud cover moving in by 11:00 p.m., but no rain drops. then 6:00 a.m., everyone pretty much starting off with a clear
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start for tomorrow. at 6:00 a.m. in the east bay, we're looking at 45, and by 11:00 a.m. temperatures in the upper 50s. also 44 in los gatos, 49 redwood city. andor tomorrow, 71 morgan hill, 71 mountain view, 70 in pleasantton and dublin, 69. also looking at 69 fremont and 71 palo alto. for most of the peninsula, it will be very enjoyable with close to 70 degrees. 67 in san francisco and napa, 68. for most of the north bay, close to 70 degrees. on your seven-day forecast, oh, i'm so happy to be showing you this. yes. thursday, friday, saturday, sunday, monday and tuesday, no rain drops in sight. and it has finally worked out in our favor, you guys. saturday and sunday, some of the warmest temperatures on the seven-day forecast. it seems like lately we would get to the weekend, we would see a 20-degree drop in
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temperatures, but my begging and my pleading with mother nature has finally worked. >> okay. we're impressed. he's got connections. >> yes. >> thank you very much. still ahead, it's been rumored for months, katie couric announces what her future plans are. she was the first woman to ever host the evening news on her own. so now what? plus, going, going gone. nley cup c get tickets faster champs.
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well, today's announcement that katie couric is leaving the anchor chair at cbs news surprised no one. what was unexpected is that she didn't give the scoop to her own network. couric gave that exclusive interview to "people" magazine which made the announcement today. cbs responded with a terse statement saying, quote, cbs news, like kate herself, is looking forward to the next
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chapter. kate, don't let the door hit you on the way out, apparently, the subtext to that story. nbc debuts a singing competition series tonight, "the voice" and it starts in a couple hours. christina aguilera, cee lo green, and adam lavigne pick contess tanlts based only on their voice. >> the inflection, the sincerity, the clarity, the conviction, you know, the pain, the hunger, the joy. you know? because our backs are turned to the contestants, so we won't have anything else to go on but what it feels like, you know? so i think that's a cool spin in comparison to some of the other shows with similar stylings. >> you can catch "the voice" premiere tonight starting at 9:00 p.m. right after "the biggest loser." still ahead, about
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lots of folks getting ready to crawl their way through a unique dining experience in san jose. it's a dish crawl and it will start at the restaurant 88 san jose in downtown at 7:00. if you don't know what that is, you start at one restaurant and kind of move your way from restaurant to restaurant working your way around a neighborhood. it will then work through four more tastings. it's the latest trend made popular through social networking. it's sold out tonight but the next event is sunday night. tickets are less than 30$30. check out for more info. and celebrating the sharks win last night, looking forward to the next series, shark's
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ticket office was abuzz with activity as fans got in line to get their second round playoff tickets. because many of the tickets had been already sold there were a limited amount available today. we'll find out tonight who they will play next. it will be either the chicago blackhawks or the detroit red wings. >> oh, exciting. >> very exciting finish to the game last night with the overtime win. >> that's going to do it for us. we'll see you at 6:00. "nightly news" is next.
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